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Originally Posted by guyladouche View Post

I agree with this.
Could you pull higher FPS in games with an i5 or i7? Sure. Higher benchmark results? Yeah. Faster encoding times? Yep.
Is it worth the cost vs. what you have at the moment? IMHO, likely not. You said you're getting high fps with one 480. Get your second 480 and see if you're needing more CPU to push them. Regardless of the idea of a CPU "bottleneck," if you're getting more fps than you feel you need, then it doesn't matter, and the only thing you'd get from a faster CPU is seeing a higher fps count in games.

If he sells his current hardware the cost won't be that bad. The performance gains especially in 3D editing with a 2600k would be significant I think...
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http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813157231

$160

Good luck getting a AMD motherboard made that well, let alone for only 160. Another intel advantage, more motherboard competition= better motherboard quality and value.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819115072

$205

For $365 you get a monster motherboard and a best possible gaming cpu.

Plus you will be ready for 3500k ivy bridge CPU upgrade that comes out April 9.

Intel CPUs hold their resale value. Go look at ebay if you dont believe me. People buy used 2500k for over 160 dollars.

Try running dolphin emulator on phenom, and compare it to 2500k.

Or try playing GTA IV. You will notice difference, and it wont be 10 percent. More like 50 percent.

Plus, the intel cpu is far more energy efficient, and you will be able to go SLI without worrying about annoying bottlenecks. CPU bottlenecks much more annoying than GPU bottleneck.
post #63 of 85
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Originally Posted by Majin SSJ Eric View Post

If he sells his current hardware the cost won't be that bad. The performance gains especially in 3D editing with a 2600k would be significant I think...

Ah, I didn't know the OP was doing 3d editing.
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http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813157231
$160
Good luck getting a AMD motherboard made that well, let alone for only 160. Another intel advantage, more motherboard competition= better motherboard quality and value.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819115072
$205
For $365 you get a monster motherboard and a best possible gaming cpu.
Plus you will be ready for 3500k ivy bridge CPU upgrade that comes out April 9.
Intel CPUs hold their resale value. Go look at ebay if you dont believe me. People buy used 2500k for over 160 dollars.
Try running dolphin emulator on phenom, and compare it to 2500k.
Or try playing GTA IV. You will notice difference, and it wont be 10 percent. More like 50 percent.
Plus, the intel cpu is far more energy efficient, and you will be able to go SLI without worrying about annoying bottlenecks. CPU bottlenecks much more annoying than GPU bottleneck.

Why bother going to a 2500k from a 1100t @ 4GHz (edit given the amount of money the OP is considering spending on an upgrade)?
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I take CPU benchmarks that compare Frame rates for games without telling me what GPU they were running with a very I mean very small grain of salt...

I take it, they're using the same GPU, and its not only FPS they're comparing. tongue.gif
   
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I take it, they're using the same GPU, and its not only FPS they're comparing. tongue.gif

Yeah but if it's not a GTX480 then the results would skewed in regards to my interests
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http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813157231
$160
Good luck getting a AMD motherboard made that well, let alone for only 160. Another intel advantage, more motherboard competition= better motherboard quality and value.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819115072
$205
For $365 you get a monster motherboard and a best possible gaming cpu.
Plus you will be ready for 3500k ivy bridge CPU upgrade that comes out April 9.
Intel CPUs hold their resale value. Go look at ebay if you dont believe me. People buy used 2500k for over 160 dollars.
Try running dolphin emulator on phenom, and compare it to 2500k.
Or try playing GTA IV. You will notice difference, and it wont be 10 percent. More like 50 percent.
Plus, the intel cpu is far more energy efficient, and you will be able to go SLI without worrying about annoying bottlenecks. CPU bottlenecks much more annoying than GPU bottleneck.

My motherboard is built tougher than that Asrock I can guarantee that, plus my motherboard supports a Bios Update that allows it to support the AM3+ Socket CPU's so I have versatility eher that Asrock doesn't and lol at the chances that is the same exact Motherboard/cpu as my friend tongue.gif
post #66 of 85
I read somewhere that in tri-sli/crossfire the microstutter issues disappear. Don't have the source though, so don't take it as fact. Talking about frames, the most important frames are the minimum frames. So if an upgrade only gives you a few fps extra, but these frames are in the minimum area, it can still be worth it. A bottleneck can come in different types. It doesn't matter if you get 120fps instead of 180 average. But if your minimum framerate suffers, even just for a little bit, it can be unplayable, even when average fps is fine. I think this is very important to consider when considering sli or crossfire.
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Hold onto your money and wait until Ivy Bridge comes out, then buy that along with two PCI-E 3.0 cards. Then sell me your CPU and Motherboard.
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IMO, I would wait for the 3770k - its not that far away considering the build on your current setup. You have no immediate need to upgrade but will enjoy the benefits when the new cpu drops.
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Wait for ivy. It's going to be 10% faster than sandy.
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Hold onto your money and wait until Ivy Bridge comes out, then buy that along with two PCI-E 3.0 cards. Then sell me your CPU and Motherboard.

I might just do that. tongue.gif
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Wait for ivy. It's going to be 10% faster than sandy.

Ok that's what I'm going to do then, Thank you all for the advice and Ideas you've given during this process. Feel free to continue posting more advice or Ideas cause you never know. rolleyes.gif

As for the here and now I'm looking at these units or current upgrade cause I'll need them later anyways and I can use them now.

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the purpose of the two different colors is to accent the inside of my computer case which has a large side panel window and I have a Black/White/Red theme going on

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